The war continues as Intel and AMD continue to trade new CPUs and motherboards. Arriving on virtually the same day (well a day before by the looks of things) are Intel’s new Z490 chipset motherboards. Some models are on sale already at certain retailers now. Other variants are bound to follow in the days following
See the list of retailers below.
Well for starters we have a new CPU socket for the 10th generation Intel chips launching at the same time – the LGA 1200. Last gen processors will not be compatible with this new set up. Anything with an LGA 1151 format will need the older socket to work.
While the boards or more accurately the 10th gen CPUs can’t handle PCI Express 4.0, the boards from some manufacturers have been built to a specification that could handle it in the future. It’s all ifs, buts and maybe but there is hope for the faster standard in the future when Intel gets round to baking it into their processors.
Prices are ranging between $150 to $$1300 depending on the manufacturer and feature set you go for. That top price goes to the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce – presumably you are paying extra for all the letters used in the name.
You will be able to pick them up from the regular major retailers as and when they go on sale.
Click the links below to browse the full range on sale so far